God’s Presence

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”                      Josh 1:9 (NKJV)

Henry Kissenger, who was afraid of flying, used to say that he always felt better when Nixon was on the plane.  Do you know what makes me feel better?  Knowing that I belong to the God of this universe.  That I am one of His favored children.  That He lives inside of me.  When I fly, He flies.

Did you hear about the Baptist pastor who was flying and was asked if he wanted a drink?  He said, “No, I am too close to the home office.”  Even on an airplane, the presence of God is there and it makes a difference.  It makes a difference in our lives too.  But we are often too busy to listen.  We are hustling too much to know it.

Sometimes people say that can’t connect with God.  They say they can’t hear him.  Do you suppose that is because God is not talking these days?  I don’t believe that.  I think God is communicating all the time.  Too often I am just not listening.

My son Cole asked me one time when he was about 6 years old how I can tell when God is talking to me.  In a rare moment of insight, I said, “Cole, when you see your little brother Clint fall and hurt himself and you go over to him and ask him if he is alright and then help him up, who tells you to do that?”  He thought for a moment and then smiled and said, “Oh, that’s Him.”

Learn to say in your life, “Oh, that’s Him.”  It’s an awesome power resource for the Christian, but you have got to be still to hear and enjoy it.  You have got to spend time with Him, getting to know His voice.  Then you have got to listen in order to hear Him.

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